Lawmakers tell FCC that CenturyLink-Qwest merger will benefit rural America
Hillicon Valley, The HILLíS Technology Blog
By Sara Jerome
October 06, 2010
A bipartisan group of 21 House members wrote the Federal Communications Commission on Friday hailing the potential benefits of the merger between CenturyLink and Qwest Communications, which they said would help bring technology services to the most rural regions of the country.
believe this merger will benefit consumers in rural
The group encouraged "timely consideration" of the companies' application. The merger has won the approval of the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission.
The letter included House Communications Subcommittee leaders Reps. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) and Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), as well as Reps. Lee Terry (R-Neb.), Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), Betsy Markey (D-Colo.), and others. Many of the signatories come from rural districts.
The companies decided to combine in April.